Monday, July 2, 2012

Table Top Re-do Part 1

When I told Julie over at Joe Tulips blog I spent the weekend outside working on giving my dining table top a new look she wanted to know if I was going to blog about it.  I first told her no because I'd already done the top, but there were the leaves to the table I forgot about, so, I can show you how I did them this morning.
Here is how it looked this morning after stripping the paint off yesterday.

As you can see, the top was black.  Underneath that was white.

Here are my basic tools for stripping my furniture pieces.  Believe me, being a previous antique shop owner and general all round junk hunter I have done my share of re-doing.  I have tried every stripper product out there and think this BIX brand is THE easiest and BEST there is.  Easy 'cause you pour in a sprayer bottle and spray it on.  Oh so fast and quick!

Aaaaahhh, look at my poor putty knife, it's just about on it's last leg. That putty knife and me have spent many an hour together.

Ok, here we are, just gotta wait a little bit.  No need to be impatient, it's not going to take that long for the BIX to do ALLLLL the work for you!

This is after only 5 minutes!

LOOK, in less than 30 minutes this table top is on it's way to being finished.  Two coats of enamel paint stripped off lickety split.

Those 2 coats of paint are now in a nice neat pile to easily scoop up with a paper towel and discard.  This pile of paint scrapings is dry to the touch.  No messy gooey gunk to scrape and rub off.  That's why I LOVE my BIX stripper!!!

Ok, this is as far as I have gotten with it today.  I'm off to see if I can get it finished.  More on my outdoor project in my next post.  

Bix is sold at most Lowe's, Home Depot and Ace hardware stores.


  1. Thank you! I can't believe how easily the paint came off! Or are you making it look that easy?
    I have couple of tables I would love to refinish. I might give it a try now.

  2. I have only done a couple of stripping projects, and they were both laborious and tedious. So happy to learn about this BIX product. What gorgeous wood grain under all of that paint. I love staining wood and seeing the grain come alive. Beautiful table!!

  3. Looks like a great product that I'd love to use someday! Wish I could pin from your blog - would be great information to save for later......

  4. wow! that is fabulous stuff... your table looks great. I don't think our HD sells that. They had very little to choose from when I was there last week.
    I tried to "pin" this post so I could remember the name of the stuff (and your post, so I can refer to it) but you're not "pinnable".... that makes me sad. I'm sure you have a great reason, but it sure does get the word out about great blog posts.
    great job!

  5. Oh my gosh. That is incredible. I've never seen anything work like that.

  6. I'm so glad you posted this today! I have two antique chairs that need the paint stripped off of them, and I didn't want to do it myself. After seeing this I think I just might give it a go! Thanks! :0)

  7. wow, that looks like its possible! Thanks for sharing the steps with us.

  8. Wow that stuff really works. When we had an antique store (are you not surprised by that? LOL) we didn't have a big space so only had a few furniture pieces - and they were already in good shape. I have a bed table that I want to refinish - I'm going to get me some Bix for sure.

  9. looks like bix is a good thing.
    looks like the table is made from real wood. don't know why some one would cover it up.

  10. I wish we had something like that over here. Would make life much easier.

    What's the wood?

  11. Wow! That is a miracle to me. I want to go get some BIX....even if I have nothing to strip right now.
    There is that gun cabinet. But I just want to paint that. It isn't really wood, but it isn't plastic either. I am not sure what it is.
    What about the base? Leave, strip, paint?

  12. Wow, this is a cool product! You make this look very do-able!

    Question? Does this only strip off old paint? Or will it take off old varnish and stain? I have some bedside tables that I want to re-do, and they've been stained very dark.

    Thanks for the little tute!

    Hope you have a great 4th!

  13. I've been refinishing furniture lately, too. You've done a lovely job with this table. Fun to give a piece new life even if it is labor intensive. Love the upcycling aspect of it.

  14. Looks like burnt cheese getting scraped up there, but I won't eat it!